When Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Manchester United this summer, some people may have thought it was nothing more than one final payday for the enigmatic Swede.
Ibrahimovic signed a one-year deal at the club but, after his incredible start to life at Old Trafford, United boss Jose Mourinho has already insisted he will be staying beyond this summer.
At the grand old age of 34, you’d think Ibrahimovic will be starting to show the signs of having had a long career. However, it seems he is in the form of his life, scoring four goals in his first four matches at his new club.
But evidence that he’s in fine shape stems back longer than just a few matches. Last season, while at Paris Saint-Germain, Ibrahimovic enjoyed his most prolific campaign to date, scoring a half-century of goals in all competitions as he helped the French side to a domestic treble.
Although he turns 35 next month, there seems to be no stopping Zlatan at the moment. In fact, one former teammate thinks he’s so good that he’s still amongst the best players in the world.
Zambrotta on Ibrahimovic
Gianluca Zambrotta played with Ibrahimovic at both Juventus and AC Milan and believes that he is good enough the rival strikers like Luis Suarez and Neymar.
“Wherever Zlatan plays he does very well,” the World Cup-winning defender said.
“He is a winner everywhere he goes. He compares with the best players at the moment like Suarez and Neymar.”
The pair played together for two years at Juventus and for a further two years at Milan. And Zambrotta has revealed that it’s not just his playing ability that sets him apart from others.
“I played with him twice and he's a good professional and has good motivation. I have always liked him,” he added.
Illustrious trophy cabinet
With Ibrahimovic finally plying his trade in England, he has the chance to add to his illustrious trophy cabinet. He has already won league titles with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG and is hoping to help United return to the summit of English football. If he does, he will become the first player to have won the league in five different countries.
But given his sensational start to life in the Premier League, there is bound to be plenty of managers wishing they had taken a chance on the free agent this summer. But it was Mourinho who secured his services and, according to Zambrotta, he now has one of the world’s best players at his disposal.